By

Megan Doren

Join us at 11 am on Sunday, December 29 for our 5th Sunday Adventure that takes us to a house Holiday Party, complete with potluck, optional gift exchange, and a Burning Bowl Ceremony. Instead of a service at our regular place, we’ll be celebrating the holidays in James and Celia’s home! Sign up sheets are on the front desk to let us know how many are coming and what dish you’re bringing for the potluck. The Burning Bowl Ceremony is one of our favorite annual rituals as we bless and release circumstances and emotions that don’t serve us anymore and set our intentions for the brand new year. See you at the party!

Please join us for a quick, early, heartfelt candlelight service on Christmas Eve. We’ll have candlelight, music, wine and a message from 6:30-7:30 pm Tuesday, December 24 at our usual space.

This year for our holiday service project, our community has adopted a mother and her three children (ages 11, 11 and 5) at The Family Place. We’ve written each wish list item on a card for you to choose one, or several items to give. Pick up cards on Sunday or if you’re not going to be there but want to help, email reachout@heartspacedallas.org, and we’ll let you know what’s on the list. They are also accepting Fiesta and other gift cards. Please bring your unwrapped items back by December 15.

The holidays are a beautiful time of family, friends and gifts. Except when they’re not. Loss, illness and absence can create a painful experience, especially in contrast to the joy of the season. Blue Christmas is our most requested and highest attended ritual of the year. If you are a person who struggles with the holidays, please come. If you are a person who loves the holidays, please come hold space for those who don’t feel their own light or the light of the season. Join us Sunday, Dec. 8 at 10:45 am to start with mimosas and coffee, and then, at 11:00, we’ll begin this unique UnSunday experience.

Join us for our Holiday celebrations, including the Holiday Concert at 7:30 pm on Sat. Nov. 30 (Thanksgiving weekend), Blue Christmas on UnSunday at 11 am on Dec. 8, A Candlelight Service at 7 pm on Tues. Dec. 24, and our Burning Bowl Year End Party that is our 5th Sunday Adventure at 11 am on Sun. Dec. 29.

Join us for a Holiday Concert with our band and many of our soloists as we celebrate the holidays and give back to our band, who so richly give to us every single week. All love offerings will go to our musicians.

On this month’s UnSunday, we’ll experience flowing and falling into good. The truth will set us free, but first it might make us mad. Life is hard sometimes but we often make it harder and make our good hard to access. Why why why must we struggle so, and what can be done to release the habit of struggle? In the words of Ralph Marston, “There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.” Come participate in a process designed to open your heart and mind to a new way of being — flow. We’ll have mimosas and coffee starting at 10:45 am and then at 11, we’ll begin a whole new way to experience HeartSpace with UnSunday.

On this month’s UnSunday, we’ll be exploring the importance of purpose over powerlessness as we become allies in healing the planet. Sometimes when we hear “planetary distress,” we believe it’s a task way too big for one person to do anything to help. We are hearing the cry of Mother Earth but are so overwhelmed that we may not do anything. Our dialog will be based on the children’s book, “The Tantrum that Saved the World”, by climate scientist Michael Mann and illustrator Megan Herbert. Let’s jump into this topic and see that one person can indeed save a planet, one deed at a time. We’ll have mimosas and coffee starting at 10:45 am and then at 11, we’ll begin a whole new way to experience HeartSpace with UnSunday.

Our 5th Sunday Adventure once again takes us out of the Sunday Service and into the art studio where we’ll all learn how to paint while we sip wine/other beverages and munch snacks. There’s a teacher to show us how and all painting materials are provided. Bring your own drinks and come out to play with us! Sign up on front table or reply to this email. 11 am-1 pm Sunday 9/29 at Pinot’s Palette, Mockingbird @ Abrams in Dallas.

The demands on our attention in today’s world stretch our ability to express true compassion. Competition for our mind and heart space can distract us from realizing our best intentions.   Research shows that compassion can be learned and that practicing it benefits our health.  We all can learn better ways to benefit from self- compassion and act with intentional compassion.
Attend the September 14th  Compassion in Action:  APPlications in Today’s Times, Download, Install and Run the Right Apps in Your Life.” Conference.  Like the “APPs” we install to effectively manage our lives, the conference supplies “Apps” to help us to effectively practice compassion.
Spend the day and come away with new ways to take up compassion:
  • Be inspired, take away valuable tools, benefit from real examples, and connect with difference- makers
  • Learn ways to renew yourself from compassion fatigue and the stresses of caring and contributing
  • Gain deeper understanding of the meaning of compassion and its importance in our world
  • Hear Keynote Speaker Marilyn Turkovich, Executive Director of the Charter for Compassion
About the Day
Attend four different highly interactive workshops of your choice; hear from the Executive Director and from a panel of local community leaders, and enjoy a social event at the end of the day.
All presenters are highly experienced at moving compassion in action.  See the complete session descriptions,  volunteer opportunities, and register by going to: Compassion In Action Registration Information.
September 14, 2019   8:45 am to 4:00 pm Check-in 8:00 am
Cost: $55.00 lunch included.
Teacher and college student discounts available.  Respond to this email to get registration codes.
Location:  Coleman Hall Conference Center, First United Methodist Church in Richardson, Texas
About Compassionate DFW  
Compassionate DFW is a grassroots non-profit 501(c)(3) charity organization whose mission is to foster the Charter for Compassion and compassionate action in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex with the Golden Rule as its guiding principle. For more about our organization and the Charter for Compassion visit https://www.compassionatedfw.org/ Email: info@compassionatedfw.org.
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